South Park Rangers 33 Bucks 8

By Chris Harrison - September 30 2008
South Park Rangers 33 Bucks 8
Oldge Try West Bucks travelled away to newly formed South Park Rangers. Their ground is not yet ready so this fixture was kindly hosted by the Acklam club. South Park were a big team and they played to their strengths, keeping the ball close to the pack with runners off their experienced fly half.
West were not phased by the hosts size`and their defensive effort was tremendous all game.
It took Rangers until the 15th minute to open the scoring when they worked themselves close to the West line for one of their burly props to crash over after an offload from the fly half. This was converted. (0 – 7).
West came back strongly and played some tremendous rugby to put Rangers under pressure and Luke Mallinson pulled 3 points back with a well struck penalty. This was after the West pack had pushed their much bigger counterparts off their own ball. This was however the last success in this area as the Rangers pack began to turn the screw and dominate, taking nearly all of the Bucks scrum ball off them for the next half of the game.
On 27 minutes Rangers won a line out close to the West line and executed a good front of the line move to score in the corner. (3 – 12).
Rangers had a man sin binned at this point for an off the ball incident but the Bucks were unable to take advantage and in first half injury time Rangers added to their score (19 – 3).
The 2nd half brought tremendous determination from the Bucks but Rangers dominance of scrum ball meant West had to live off scraps.
Rangers added a penalty try after a 5 yard scrum drive was adjudged to have been stopped illegally by Mike Siddle. A little harsh as the ball appeared to be over the try line when he dropped on it at the feet of the home No8.
They then scored another try from a 5 yard scrum when their No8 picked up and crashed over (33 – 3).
West could have folded now but with the onset of uncontested scrums they were able to win ball. The arrival of young Danny Cook at scrum half also injected some life to the proceedings and West now scored a tremendous try. Rangers kicked out of defence and West returned it running to the right corner. Skipper Paul Oliver cut against the grain of the attack to beat the remaining Rangers defenders and scored to the left of the posts. This went unconverted (33 – 8).
The Bucks could now have easily added a further couple of tries but made errors at vital times and the overuse of 20 metre plus mispasses proved to be easy for the defence to control.
This is probably the first time the young Bucks front row has come up against a truly strong scrummaging team so hopefully lessons will have been learnt. Particular praise for Ian Bates who despite several ‘flying lessons’ didn’t complain once and got on with the job in hand.